On 2011-03-10, cc wrote:
I thought the SG thread ended up being pretty weird. I don’t get this fascination with humanising vampires. Humans don’t have romantic relationships with cattle, pigs or sheep, so why would a being that predates upon humans be drawn to humans in this manner? Makes no sense to me.
Vampires make sense to me as exploration of our own predatory nature. On the whole we don’t take part in the messy business of killing for food, we’re quite willing to buy meat in safe and anodyne plastic packing, all the bleeding and squealing remote and removed. By making the prey humans, by playing out the act of predation, it gives us an opportunity to explore these functions in a dramatic context.
There is a human meaning there, but it’s not about sex, or alienation, or even control of your intimates (because fundamentally they are not your intimates at all). It’s a personal view, of course, but I find the regularity with which this view of vamps as essentially still human prevails quite surprising.